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Over 80,000 get encephalitis vaccines in Baitadi

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BAITADI — The vaccines for Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) have been administered to around 80,000 children in Baitadi district.

“The vaccination campaign which kicked off on May 8 in two phases has concluded,” District Health Office, Baitadi Vaccination Official, Birendra Bhatta said.

The health office had initially set a goal of vaccinating 72,000 children in the age group 1 – 15, but it shot past the target.

The vaccination for Japanese encephalitis was carried out for the first time in Baitadi with the mosquitoes menace gradually on the rise in this far-western hilly district.

A total of 400 medical workers and 831 women health volunteers were mobilized for the campaign.


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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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